# How the strike rate is calculated if the bowler has not taken any wicket?

If a Bowler has bowled 100 balls in his career and has taken 0 wickets, then what is his bowling strike rate?

• Found the good old duplicate question. Feb 27, 2014 at 5:22
• @hims056, linked question is about general calculation of bowling strike rate. This is about specific scenario. I can't find answer for zero wickets in that post. Feb 27, 2014 at 5:46
• @SportsFan - Why do we need to ask for specific scenario when we already have it's formula? If so new questions with different scenarios can be asked. Can't you calculate the strike rate of the given scenario from that answer? Feb 27, 2014 at 5:54
• @hims056, as that answer states that bowling average = no. of runs/wickets. We might get a confusion that anything divided by zero would be infinity. Then what the bowling strike rate would be for a bowler who didn't take any wicket. This could be a separate question. Feb 27, 2014 at 6:06
• @SportsFan - Okay. I am convinced but not with the given title. So updated it. Retracting my close vote now. Cheers :) Feb 27, 2014 at 6:45

Bowling strike rate means number of balls needed to bowl for a bowler to take a wicket. We can only find the bowling strike rate of that bowler after he takes a single wicket.

So, the bowling strike rate is undefined. It will be mentioned as `-` in his carrier profile.

For example, take a look at Hashim Amla's profile. His bowling strike rate and average for test matches is mentioned as `-`. He bowled more than 50 deliveries without taking a wicket.

Not applicable, or sometimes '-' in the column where the number would otherwise be.

This question will most likely head in the same direction...

In this case the strike-rate column for bowler would be mentioned as either "-" or "NA"